If you’ve been searching for a compact SUV that features a smooth ride, comfortable seats, lots of cargo space and enough legroom to keep taller passengers happy, take a look at the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox. Customers of the Morganton Chevrolet dealer like the Equinox’s powerful 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine as well as the available 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 2020 Equinox is one of a few vehicles in its class to offer an upgraded engine for those who want a little more power.
The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox seats five passengers and comes in four trim levels, listed as L, LS, LT and Premier. According to the Chevrolet dealer near Morganton, all models get standard front-wheel drive, with all but the base L able to select all-wheel drive as an option. Powering the Equinox is a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque, joined to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 252 hp and 260 lb-ft, mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The maximum tow rating is 3,500 pounds.
The Equinox returns outstanding fuel economy figures for its segment. The standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit gets an EPA-estimated 26/31 mpg with front-wheel drive.* All-wheel models get 25/30 mpg. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder block returns 22/29 mpg with front-wheel drive and 22/28 mpg with all-wheel drive.
Edmunds gave the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox high marks, writing: “Certainly, the Chevrolet Equinox does the SUV thing well. There's plenty of legroom all around, and cargo space is definitely better than what you'll find in a comparably priced sedan or hatchback. It also delivers a smooth, comfortable ride, and the seats are shaped for all-day comfort.”
Driving the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is a fun experience. The handling is agile, and the steering is accurate. The cabin has lots of room to keep the driver and passengers comfortable. The upper Premier trim level gets an available heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats.
The 2020 Equinox comes with a long list of standard technology features, including the Infotainment 3 interface, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four USB ports, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth. Audiophiles will appreciate the available Bose premium stereo system.
Standard advanced safety features include automatic emergency brakinglane-departure warning and assist, forward-collision alert and IntelliBeam automatic headlights.
The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is very safe. The IIHS gave the Equinox the highest score of Good in all crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick. The NHTSA gave the Equinox the top marks of five stars in overall safety testing. Among the safety features that come standard on the 2020 Equinox is Teen Driver, which allows parents to limit certain functions when teen drivers use the vehicle, including the volume of the audio system and the vehicle’s top speed.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.